Simple Definition of inquire
: to ask for information
Full Definition of inquire
inquiringlyplay \-ˈkwī-riŋ-lē\ adverb
: to ask about the health of
Examples of inquire in a sentence
When I inquired, they told me she was not here.
We inquired the way to the station.
“So, what do you want?” he inquired.
Origin and Etymology of inquire
Middle English enquiren, from Anglo-French enquerre, from Vulgar Latin *inquaerere, alteration of Latin inquirere, from in- + quaerere to seek
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of inquire
ask, request, solicit mean to seek to obtain by making one's wants known. ask implies no more than the statement of the desire <ask a favor of a friend>. request implies greater formality and courtesy <requests the pleasure of your company>. solicit suggests a calling attention to one's wants or desires by public announcement or advertisement <a letter soliciting information>.
Rhymes with inquire
attire, backfire, bemire, catch fire, cross fire, denier, desire, entire, for hire, fox fire, Greek fire, grey friar, hang fire, hellfire, live wire, on fire, prior, rimfire, sapphire, sea fire, snow tire, town crier, trip wire, umpire, watch fire, white friar
INQUIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of inquire for Students
1 : to ask or ask about <I inquired about the schedule.>
2 : to make an investigation <The committee inquired into the matter.>
3 : to ask a question <“Can I help you?” she inquired.>
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